We are now halfway there!

Half way point, can I get a Woot!
More of the same kind of walking conditions today, this stuff is okay if it’s small and mostly crushed, it’s a pain in the…foot if it is bigger and sharp, just saying.
We have deviated from the suggested route of our Brierley guide. We are still on the Camino but in certain places you have choices. In this case we chose to walk this way because we wanted to go through a certain town! The other route bypassed it. The Camino has changed through the years due to roads and other things that have affected the trail. Brierley, a purest wants us to walk through forest glades, honestly we are at the point where we ask, what’s the shortest route? It is kind of funny, the trail leads us off the road and into and through every town, then back to the road. Umm intentional? Yes, I think so, which isn’t so bad, but there’s no one there, a lot of these towns are empty of people. 
Today we left the Palencia region and entered the region called Leon. The trail continues to look the same, no hills, well minimal, gravel tracks, cement, not a lot of shade. 
We did walk through a big city today, after about 23km. Sahagun. We also hit a mile stone, the halfway point. yeah!! 
Then we continued 4 more km to arrive at this little unmanned albergue. They just had a donation box and a key in the door. 
Al and I did the usual, showers, laundry, walk the town. Our room had several sets of bunk beds, the little building was divided into two halves. With a bathroom on each side. Each bathroom had a single commode and included a shower, The shower was a hose on the wall with a drain in the floor, doable. We were the only 2 on our side. I made sure that the other people there, 3 of them, knew that Allen snored, so we had the room all to ourselves. What ever works you know. 
Anyway the lady who ran the Albergue also was the wife of the guy who ran the bar. It took us awhile to find it. We did a circuit of the town and could not find the bar, all these towns have one. I knew it was there somewhere. So we went back to our building and I started to read the book left for people to leave comments in. Well mostly they were in another language, but these 2 guys from Wisconsin wrote about the wonderful bar by the church. Okay now we had a way mark, out exploring again. (Note: bar here is not just drinks, it’s where we go for coffee, lunch, snacks, dinner and drinks, and sometimes the only place open during siesta.)
It was a wonderful bar, we told the bar man, not knowing about his wife that we wanted the standard Pilgrims meal. Not expecting too much. So he tells us, Un momento! He calls his wife who show up and immediately changes the channel of the TV from soccer to Spanish soap operas. Oh my goodness , has any one seen these, they are addictive, Al and I were enraptured by them. We only knew every 10th word if we were lucky but they were mesmerizing. We had to be called away to where they set dinner up for us. And the meal, steak, eggs, bacon roasted red peppers, and the salad. Now the salads here are different, they always have asparagus from a jar, olives, corn, a tomato, lettuce, shredded carrots and tuna fish. The tuna makes it somehow, I don’t think they drain it, and it becomes the dressing, it doesn’t sound good here, but believe me it is. Then after dinner as we are paying up she sets p 2 shots for us, she said it help our stomachs, I think that’s what she said. I have no idea what it was, didn’t want to be rude, it smelt like chocolate and went down like liquid fire. A volcano in my throat, then bliss. WOW! I’d like to know what that was. We walked back to our building and went to bed.
Another adventure for tomorrow. Until then be well!!
ALS note: Dorean says I snore, she never hears herself. I believe the pot is calling the kettle black.

Yup, another one

Yup, another one

This pic is the same as the one on our Brierley guide

This pic is the same as the one on our Brierley guide

Who would have thought, hobbits in Spain

Who would have thought, hobbits in Spain

The hobbits have chimmeys

The hobbits have chimmeys

Lunch

Lunch

That's not me, but it is the end of Palencia

That’s not me, but it is the end of Palencia

Sahagun

Sahagun

The center of the Camino

The center of the Camino

Ya, I'm asleep standing up.

Ya, I’m asleep standing up.

A way marker

A way marker

We went through two of these

We went through two of these

7 comments on “We are now halfway there!

  1. Heather says:

    Having fun reading along as you go. This is certainly a trip of a life time! The empty towns seem like they’d be a little creepy to walk through….

    • dorcor6 says:

      The big towns have people, the little towns not so much. Sometimes when we pass a house, it is just a shell of a house now being used for chickens. It looks normal from the outside, but on closer inspection, wire on windows and animal noises on the inside.

  2. Heather says:

    Also – are you eating a lot of calories to keep up your energy?

    • dorcor6 says:

      Not always, we have to carry what ever we have so water is the main thing. When we stop we will sometimes get a snack, somedays no towns, just a stop but I try to always have a fruit in my bag, or a granola bar. We found a store yesterday and kind of stocked up, 2 boxes of granola bars, raisins, nuts and olives. That will keep us for a few days.

  3. Lynn says:

    double WOOT! congrats! does it make you feel great to see your progress?

  4. Pat Baker says:

    Love reading about your adventures. Robin and I think you are brave! Be safe.

  5. UB says:

    Woot! You both are doing great! Love the pictures and adventures. A special node to the lunch picture. 😉

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